Privacy in public: Translating the category of privacy to the digital age

Kartikeya Bajpai, Klaus Weber

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We examine the translation of the concept of privacy in the advent of digital communication technologies. We analyze emerging notions of informational privacy in public discourse and policymaking in the United States. Our analysis shows category change to be a dynamic process that is only in part about cognitive processes of similarity. Instead, conceptions of privacy were tied to institutional orders of worth. Those orders offered theories, analogies, and vocabularies that could be deployed to extrapolate the concept of privacy into new domains, make sense of new technologies, and to shape policy agendas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-258
Number of pages36
JournalResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Categories
  • Institutions
  • Orders of worth
  • Privacy
  • Translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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